St Botolph’s Priory

Actually called the priory of St Julien and St Botolph this is the first Augustinian priory in the UK.

While I was in Colchester I took the opportunity to take a few photographs in the town centre. I can’t believe that I have never taken photos of some of the main sights before!

First up was a quick visit to St Botolph’s Priory. I think the last time I went in here was more than 30 years ago on my way home from school one night. Then it was a bit of risky place to be as it was frequented by undesirables but since then it has been cleaned up, made into a nice park and I thought it was a very pleasant place to be.

Actually called the priory of St Julien and St Botolph this is the first Augustinian priory in the UK. It was built by the Saxons, probably using some Roman bricks from earlier buildings and was founded as a priory around 1100 and was the place where canons lived together and served the town. Although the priory closed and was partially demolished in 1536 the church remained open until the civil war in the 1640s when it was caught in the crossfire of the assault on South Gate. A Gothic Victorian church was built next to the priory in 1837 and it is this church that still stands and is active today.

India Book

This week, while there was an offer on books at Photobox,  I very quickly put together a 100 page book of photos that I took in India earlier this year.

Usually I would say that less is more, but on this occasion I wanted to include as many of my photos as I could. As well as an aide to my memory, it also needs to be a tool that I can use to tell other people about what happens on these type of trips.

I only had a couple of hours to put this together and I have since spotted a couple of photos where they haven’t been centred all that well but overall, I’m quite pleased with it.

Update: I received my book this weekend and am very pleased with it. The print is so much better than I had with the KCFM blurb book. It is a hardback book with a lamination on the cover and the pages are nice and bright with good clarity. I would definitely use Photobox again.